A few weeks ago we had to report the sad news that our sponsored bill to reform CEQA was quashed by legislative leadership just a few short hours after being unveiled. The press conference to announce the bill was stopped, but was followed with promises to “re-visit” the issue soon. Typically, this type of language is dismissed because it is usually a way to shelve an idea while placating the proponents.
However, we are happy and cautiously optimistic to report that Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) is moving forward on that promise. He has announced a meeting on CEQA in December and announced the appointment of our bill’s author, Senator
Michael Rubio (D-East-Bakersfield), as the new chair of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality.
“For more than four decades, CEQA has protected California communities and preserved our wildlife habitat, our farmlands and the natural treasures of this state,” Steinberg said in a statement. “But like any well-intentioned law in existence for more than 40 years, changes are needed to eliminate abuses. We must ensure CEQA is used to protect our environment through a more efficient and timely process.”
We agree with you Mr. Steinberg, praise you for keeping your word, and look forward to being a productive and positive force in helping you to reform this important law.
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